Ensure exclusive storage for seized drugs: SC

Ensure exclusive storage for seized drugs: SC

Noting that drugs menace has assumed alarming proportions in the country, the Supreme Court on Thursday directed the Centre and the states to set up within six months exclusive storage facilities for seized contraband.

A bench of Chief Justice T S Thakur and Justice Kurian Joseph said that theft, pilferage or replacement of the seized drugs could be prevented by providing fool-proof storage facilities.

The court also directed for strict compliance of government notification for disposal of all seized drugs within 30 days of receipt of chemical analysis of the substances.

The court said, “Studies based on conferences and seminars have often shown that the menace is deep-rooted not only because drug lords have the money power and transnational links but also because the enforcement agencies like the police and, at times, politicians in power help them in carrying on what is known to be a money spinning and flourishing trade."

The court said the storage facilities for seized narcotic drugs and psychotropic and controlled substances and conveyances, should be duly equipped with vaults and double locking system to prevent theft, pilferage or replacement of the seized drugs.

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